Camp Chowenwaw Park

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Recreational activities include camping, picnicking, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, fishing, bird watching, wildlife viewing and hiking.

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Camp Chowenwaw Park 2016 Swimming Pool and Swim Lesson Schedule is now available!  The pool will be open from May 6th through September 25th.  The price is $3.00 for children ages 2-15, $4.00 for adults 16-64, and $2.00 for seniors 65 and up.  Season passes are available for $100.00/adult person or $175/family of 6.  Swim Lessons are annually and you can download the schedule and information regarding swim lessons HERE.  Registration information is available on the Barco-Newton Family YMCA website here. Swim lessons may also be arranged, along with group rates for organizations or private party rentals, by calling the Barco-Newton Family YMCA at 904-278-9622.

Camp Chowenwaw Park is located on 1.5 miles of shoreline on Black Creek and Peters Creek and provides a habitat for many water birds. The aquatic vegetation provides foraging areas for the St. Johns River manatee population as well as an ideal habitat for many fish species. Bald eagles, river otters, white tailed deer, turkeys, alligators, foxes, raccoons, migrating songbirds, as well as frogs, lizards, snakes, and turtles are just a few of the creatures you might see while visiting Camp Chowenwaw Park.

The park is ideally suited as a natural outdoor environmental education facility when you consider the setting, location, and proximity of diverse upland and wetland ecosystems. Classes and naturalist programs for organized groups and the public will be available in outdoor and indoor classrooms. The natural outdoor laboratory will allow an opportunity for all conservation minded organizations to become involved with projects to promote protection and conservation enhancement of aquatic, terrestrial habitat, and wildlife in St. Johns watersheds.